New trial date set for man facing drug charges

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The second drug trial of Charles Anthony Robinson, delayed again earlier this month by an absent witness, was rescheduled by a Cape Girardeau County judge Monday.

Judge William Syler granted a continuance at the request of Robinson and his lawyer because a witness was out of the country and unable to make the trial that was otherwise set to go. Syler on Monday set the pretrial conference for Feb. 19 and the one-day trial for the next day.

Robinson, originally charged with trafficking in cocaine, is to face a jury on a possession charge. His first trial ended in a hung jury when a juror allegedly told the other jurors during deliberations of a bias against police.

That juror, Verdist Poindexter, was charged with felony perjury. Poindexter's lawyer recently told the Southeast Missourian his client has accepted a deal to plead guilty to a misdemeanor.

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